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Feb 19, 2013 5:30pm PST
secrets from u.s. companies and hacking into government sites. >> this is an espionage operation run by the chinese people's liberation army and it's targeting a broad swath of western organizations. >> reporter: among the most troubling targets, american infrastructure sites, including water treatment plants, transportation control centers, pipelines and power grids. >> the only reason you would want to get into the control system for the power grid is to cause damage, destruction and disruption. >> reporter: among the many corporate targets of the chinese hackers, according to u.s. officials, lockheed martin, the country's largest defense contractor and the maker of the f-35 jet fighter. u.s. officials say, not surprisingly, the chinese version of the plane has some distinct similarities. >> it's costing, according to u.s. intelligence, hundreds of billions of dollars and thousands of u.s. jobs every year. >> reporter: the white house today confirmed the severity, although not the details, of the chinese cyber espionage. >> we have repeatedly raised our concerns at the highest leve
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Feb 11, 2013 4:00am PST
city. >>> an alarming story overnight. get ready for more hackers of u.s. computer systems. the intelligence community reportedly believes that the united states is the target of a massive cyber espionage campaign. the goal is to gain a economic competitive edge. a newspaper says china is the main threat. >>> coming up after the break -- >> city on edge. >> the manhunt is heating up overnight. >>> later, the pulse. the college students that snuck into the super bowl and filmed the whole thing. >>> welcome back, everybody. gas prices, keep rising. the national average this morning is $3.58 a gallon, up seven cents in the past week and 27 cents in the past month. u.s. oil production is booming rite now. but oil futures are also rising. that's because of distribution problems in the u.s. l.a. is at the highest, $4.10 a gallon. >>> a merge between american airlines and u.s. air ways is pekted this week. they would have 6500 flights day, and nine major hubs. it would be known as american airlines. but it would be run by the ceo of u.s. airways. >>> the economy should shift into
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Feb 23, 2013 12:35am PST
battle is taking a terrible toll, inside the secret war that reaches all of the way to the top of the u.s. military. i had enough of feeling embarrassed about my skin. [ designer ] enough of just covering up my moderate to severe plaque psoriasis. i decided enough is enough. ♪ [ spa lady ] i started enbrel. it's clinically proven to provide clearer skin. [ rv guy ] enbrel may not work for everyone -- and may not clear you completely, but for many, it gets skin clearer fast, within 2 months, and keeps it clearer through 6 months. [ male announcer ] enbrel may lower your ability to fight infections. serious, sometimes fatal events, including infections, tuberculosis, lymphoma, other cancers, nervous system and blood disorders, and allergic reactions have occurred. before starting enbrel, your doctor should test you for tuberculosis and discuss whether you've been to a region where certain fungal infections are common. you should not start enbrel if you have an infection like the flu. tell your doctor if you're prone to infections, have cuts or sores, have had hepatitis b, have been treate
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Feb 7, 2013 11:00am PST
auditorium. >> still ahead, iran releases video of a downed u.s. drone and what the pentagon is saying about the video. >> boeing 787 dreamliner makes the first test flight since being grounded. >> new this morning, iran claims they have decoded footage from a downed u.s. drone. take a look. a man identified as a member of iran's military narrated the black and white footage on iran state tv. the pentagon has not commented on the video. iran said they took down the drone in december of 2011 in northeast iran. at time u.s. officials admitted the drone was missing. president obama asked iran to return it. >> president obama says the new pick for the c.i.a. chief will face a lot of questions for the drone warm. john brennan will testify in half an hour. he is expected to be grilled about strikes targeting terrorists overseas. >> boeing 787 dreamliner has safely landed in washington in the first test flight since the fleet was grounded around the world. the jet flew from texas with a skeletal crew and landed in the past hour at boeing facility in washington state. the flight is happening as a fe
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Feb 20, 2013 5:00pm PST
announcement just a day after a secrecy firm set china's military may be behind a hacking ring involving 140 u.s. companies. attorney general says it has a far reaching affect. >> companies in silicon valley added over 42,000 jobs recording a growth rate more than three times that of u.s. economy as a whole. as any corporate leaders in this room can attest, this is a double edged sword. >> white house insists this is not linked to any specific government but says it will apply trade sanctions to discourage any trade secrets theft. >> families of high school students being warned after a eh a blood infection. a 27-year-old diagnosed and it affects the blood. the prints pal alerted them to that infection. officials say there is no outbreak. >> the disease is spread by close contact, me coughing right on you. it's not spread across the room. >> and the doctor posted information symptoms include high fear, vomiting and a stiff neck.[yq we're told the student is doing better. >> police looking for more witnesses and other possible victims in the case of a ta tae kwondo of instructor. he is free on bo
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Feb 28, 2013 4:00am PST
. >>> the u.s. is poised to expand aid to syrian rebels. secretary of state, john kerry, is expected to offer nonlethal assistance, as he meets with opposition leaders in rome today. the u.s. remained opposed to providing arms. but body armor and vehicles and gear may be supplied. americans in the region are already training opposition fighters. >>> caroline kennedy may have a high-profile diplomatic job in the administration. bloomberg news is reporting that the late president's daughter is the top contender for the next u.s. ambassador to japan. kennedy is the president's top choice. but her background check is not complete. >>> some weather this morning. there's plenty of digging out to do, now that this week's blizzard has blown through. small towns from oklahoma all the way to the great lakes, dealing with massive amounts of heavy snow. the storm is blamed for at least six deaths in kansas. and in michigan, it was enough to set a snowfall record there. that city has been buried in 53 inches of snow just this month. the old record was 46 inches. >> wow. >>> and as for today, michigan coul
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Feb 14, 2013 4:00pm PST
time, bay area. >> thank you. coming up next a first in the u.s.. the governor proves high tech device can treat blindness. >> taking a picture of how much we should reduce salt in diets. >> i'm michael finney. do you own a chrysler? the auto maker announces a recall of popular trucks and suvs. >>> in healthy living news patients who lost sight because of a rare disorder may be able to regain vision using a new implantable device. fda approved first treatment for an inherited disorder that causes a breakdown of cells in the retina. we first told you about the so mÑ the system includes a small video camera and transmitter on a pair of glasses that work in conjunction with an artificial retina. the fda says it will not fully restore vision it should allow them to detect light and dark. >> a study find the u.s. could prevent up to a half million deaths over the u.s. if americans cut their salt intake. institute of medicine recommends most healthy people get 1500 milligramz of sodium per day. average american consumes more like 3600 every day. the study is in the journal hyper teengs a re
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Feb 2, 2013 5:30pm PST
. >>> next to the fast-moving developments after that attack at the u.s. embassy in turkey. tonight, the surveillance video of the suicide bomber just moments before the attack and new information on his motive against america. abc's nick schifrin reporting in from turkey. >> reporter: good evening. they say the attacker was a 40-year-old with enough explosives to destroy a two-story building. lives were saved thanks to tight security. and the bravery of one man. tonight, new grainy footage of the bomber on state tv. he belonged to a leftist militant group, it posted photos of him showing off, wearing his suicide belt. for the attack, he disguised himself as a delivery man. just seconds after that video, he entered the embassy's side gate. that's when the security guard realized that something was wrong. he told his colleagues to run away, protecting them, at the cost of his own life. >> in sacrificing his life, he saved many others. turks and americans at our mission. so we're profoundly grateful for mustafa's service. >> reporter: today, mustafa's small hometown carried him to his
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Feb 20, 2013 1:40am PST
the united states is not necessarily going to represent u.s. political interests. >> reporter: o'malley is one of two american names being floated. the other, timmy dolan who scoffed at the idea. >> what about you? >> is this abc evening news or comedy central? >> reporter: and o'malley isn't holding his breath either. >> i haven't lost any sleep about it. and i have bought a round trip ticket. so i'm counting on coming home. >> reporter: in boston, it would be the religious equivalent of the red sox beating the yankees. >> we always liked boston over new york. >> it will be interesting to see how it plays out. >> reporter: both americans are long shots. popes tend to be from europe, especially italy. the last time a non-european pope was chose was 1,000 years before columbus set sail. >> i'm saying there's a chance. >> odds are not on our side. that's what i get from our report. they could go for somebody from the latin american population. they're trying to boost the catholic numbers there. a lot of ways they can go with this. no one really knows. it's just fun speculation at t
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Feb 1, 2013 4:00am PST
of budweiser and corona. bud is the best-selling beer in the u.s. and corona is the best-selling import. >>> and speaking of booze, the u.s. is now the largest wine market on the planet. we consume 13% of what is produced worldwide. overseas wines now account for more than one-third of the sales. u.s. production was up 2% last year. the gallo winery is one of the hottest, increasing shipments faster than the rest of the industry. >> who new? >> i hope, since this is your last day on the early morning news, you'll have a glass of wine or two with breakfast when you get home this morning. >> yes, this is our happy hour. >> it's 5:00 somewhere, people like to say. it's been a pleasure. >> likewise, likewise. >>> well, next on this friday, bomb-detecting dogs are a key part of airport security. a new study says, they don't work. >>> and a tv veteran eyes another high-profile career. eat good fats. avoid bad. don't go over 2000... 1200 calories a day. carbs are bad. carbs are good. the story keeps changing. so i'm not listening... to anyone but myself. i know better nutrition when i see it:
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Feb 1, 2013 4:00pm PST
. new data shows apple has surpassed samsung as top mobile phone maker in the u.s. for the first time, last quarter nabbing 34% of the smart phone market. samsung still dominating apple in world wide sales. black berry won't available in the u.s. until march but there are a number of unlocked z 10s for sale with one attracting kids of $1700. unlocked phone expected to cost $600 when it goes on sale in the united states. the phone came out in the uk yesterday. more best buy stores are shutting down this, time in canada. best buy shutting down 15 store stores and estimated 900 workers will lose their jobs. best buy hopes to open more small stores in canada part of the strat zwroi slim down its retail operations. the retailer shut 53 u.s. stores in the last year. in san francisco, i'm emily chang, carolyn, dan, back to you. go, niner autos thank you. >> coast guard, national parks and spca are joining together to warn dog owners about dangers of northern california beaches. since november there have been five deaths on beaches. many times, so called sneaker waves rise up and sweep pets o
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Feb 19, 2013 4:00am PST
side, israel and lebanon on the other. a nightmare scenario for the u.s. the united nations now estimates that 70,000 people have been killed in the fighting. though, no one really knows. damascus is quiet. some light traffic. no one really walking around. 5 million people hunkered down, as the terrible war that is tearing their country apart has now arrived here, in fierce battles raging in the city's suburbs. >> that's terry moran for us in damascus. terry is in syria, with permission from the government there. he'll be reporting on the conflict throughout the week. >>> one more note from overseas. we learned overnight who is likely responsible for recent internet attacks on the u.s. government and businesses. a security firm tells "the new york times" it can tie those attacks to the chinese army. the company has traced the attacks to a building in shanghai used by an army unit. other security firms and u.s. government agencies also believe the hacking is government-sponsored. >>> and back here at home, it will be a day of severe weather in many states. a storm now on the move
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Feb 20, 2013 5:30pm PST
in at this critical moment. the u.s. and much of the west convinced that iran continues to work toward those nuclear weapons. iran, of course, denying this and, as you point out, we are just days away now from the u.s. and iran joining a small group of others as they return to the negotiating table. we landed in iran, in a country where american journalists are rarely allowed to visit. and rarer still, we were given access to the people, the streets of tehran. above ground, a bustling city of 12 million. below ground, we discover a gleaming subway system, far quieter and cleaner than the famous subways of new york city. and there was something else very different. this says "women only" right here. the back of the train, reserved for women. but beyond the trains, the traffic, everywhere you look, there is something else on the move here. the prices. skyrocketing inflation. their currency losing 80% of its value in just the last year. u.s.-led sanctions tying an economic noose around iran. it's being felt by this young woman and her mother. >> day to day, increasing prices. >> reporter: you see it da
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Feb 26, 2013 4:00am PST
and two members of congress. >>> and after more than a century, the u.s. census bureau has decided to drop the word negro on its forms and surveys. starting next year, negro will no longer appear as an option for race, alongside black or african-american. the agency says many americans view the word as offensive and outdated. duh. >>> c. everett koop, the nation's most famous and influential surgeon general, has died at 96. president reagan appointed koop back in 1981. he was instrumental on changing america's views on smoking, trying to get the entire country to kick the habit. he also endorsed condoms and sex education to help stop the spread of aids. he was a frequent visitor to dartmouth until shortly before his death. they say his mind was as sharp as ever, even at the age of 96. >>> pope benedict is leaving it up to the cardinals of the catholic church when it comes to starting the meeting that will choose his successor. benedict changed the rules, allowing the cardinals to move up the conclave start date if all of them arrive at the vatican before the usual 15-day waiting period end
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Feb 27, 2013 5:30pm PST
to debrief us. martha? >> reporter: diane, this is an acknowledgement that what the u.s. has been doing so far has not worked. and it is clear from phone calls i've been making to officials up until just a few moments ago, that the administration is now ready to do more to pressure the assad regime. it would be the first time the u.s. has given aid to the military side of the opposition forces. i'm told it could be anything from communications gear to medical supplies to body armor to armored vehicles. even if it is just communications here or medical supplies, that would be a significant shift for the u.s. and could be a big boost to these opposition groups. it is expected that the new secretary of state, john kerry, will announce this tomorrow in rome as part of his first overseas trip, diane. >> and what about weapons, martha? are they still on the table? >> reporter: well, there won't be weapons. syria is awash in weapons already. and the u.s. has always been wary of giving weapons for fear they would end up in the wrong hands. the rebels we and others are dealing with have been vetted
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Feb 3, 2013 5:00pm PST
-- >> what it took to get oral kell team u.s.a. sailing this yacht again. >> leigh: what a terrific day it was today. enjoy tomorrow, because rain is returning. we'll take a look at the >> dan: new dew details in a shooting that left one person and three injured at a street fair in oakland on friday night. police have arrested the spurted gunman but are not releasing any information until charges are filed. organizers of the event that showcase local artists are meeting with city leaders to discuss security at the event. more than so thousand people attended. >> ama: a woman who broke two barriers in education in san francisco as died. arena akerman was the first woman and first african-american to serve as san francisco school superintendent. she improved student performance but was forced to resign in 2005 amid charges she didn't get along will with parents and teachers. she died yesterday of pancreatic cancer in albuquerque. >> ore kjell team u.s.a. is set to relaunch the racing yacht that capsized left year. the wing hulls were damaged fairly severely. repair work has been underway
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Feb 7, 2013 12:35am PST
's now being tested in the u.s. the feeding tube in reverse basically pumps a third of the food you've eaten right out of your stomach, about 20 minutes after every meal, so fewer calories are absorbed. in six months, lotta has lost 76 pounds. >> it's a big help. and a boost. >> reporter: but we have to warn you, how it works may be hard for some to stomach. >> in this procedure, a tube is placed into the stomach and food is drained out of the stomach once the food is eaten. >> reporter: so like 20 minutes after, right? >> yes, 20 minutes after someone eats, about 1/3 of the food is drained out. and as a result, it appears as though people feel full. they wind up eating less food. >> reporter: dr. lewis zironi says that although device is still in early testing, it seems to have long-lasting effects. >> if we look at the pilot studies, the average weight loss was about 20% of total body weight. that's equivalent to lap-band surgery. >> reporter: mind you, the lap-band surgery squeezes the stomach with a silicone band, which is not to be confused with gastric bypass, which reroutes y
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Feb 13, 2013 12:35am PST
as a suspect in this double homicide. >> reporter: 33-year-old dorner, a lieutenant in the u.s. navy reserves honorably discharged just 11 days ago, had been fired in 2009 from the lapd. he threatened individual officers in an eight-page manifesto against the department that he posted online, and wednesday he attempted, unsuccessfully, to hijack a boat in san diego. >> he pointed a handgun at the victim, who is an 81-year-old male, and demanded the boat. >> reporter: then thursday dorner allegedly shot three police officers in riverside county, killing one and wounding the others. 34-year-old riverside officer michael crain, a married father of two, was killed in the attack. police launched the largest manhunt in lapd history, following up on more than 1,000 tips. hundreds of officers crisscrossing the country for days, including efforts in tijuana, mexico, san diego county, and big bear. the possible motive, all spelled out in that online manifesto, where dorner accused specific officers of covering up police brutality by making him the scapegoat. he vowed revenge, writing "when the truth co
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Feb 13, 2013 5:00pm PST
san francisco pay more than $1 million in fees. the judge ruled the lawsuit wasm+7ev moot after the u.s. fih and wildlife service determined maintenance would not harm the animals. >> tailor farms recalling it's baby spinach because of fears of e coally contamination sold as full circle organic ask other names in other states. it comes in 16 ounce tray was a best buy date of 2-24-2013. >> a consumer group wants the federal government to control how much sugar is in beverages americans drink saying soda and other sugar drinks have unsafe levels of high fructose corn syrup. a typical bottle of soda has about 16 added teaspoons and does not recommend maximum levels but agencies say three teaspoon saz safe limit. the petition has a backing of 10 major cities. including boston and los angeles. >> american airlines and u.s. to become the world's biggest carrier. boards just aproufed the merger late today according to sources. the merged company will operate under the american airlines name but u.s. airways ceo will run it. a formal announcement is expected tomorrow morning. >> thousands of pe
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Feb 14, 2013 4:30am PST
to be aproved by the bankruptcy judge and the us airway shareholders leaving u.s. travel dominated by four more jail airlines. the american, united, delta and southwest. they would control three 40s of all airline traffic in the country. >> and the weather outside, i would put five bucks on delays flying into sfo. >> you are saying the weather is frightful in. >> fogful. >> fogful. >> okay, register that and trade man it. here is a look at what is going on, milder this morning. we have mid-30's around santa rosa and novato. everyone else including napa, is in the upper 30's to mid 40's. san francisco is at 47. san jose is at 42. we will hang out in the mid-30's to mid-40's with fog around the north bay and parts of the bay shoreline through 7:00. it will fade quickly. we will see sunshine faster today and temperatures will be nearing 60 by lunch hour. if you are headed out for an early dinner we have sunshine and temperatures in the mid-to-upper 60's and clear and mild for evening festivities on valentine's day and low-to-mid 50's. not a heavy coat needed this time. a warmest day tomorrow will
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Feb 17, 2013 5:00pm PST
. u.s.a. today says it received a leaked draft proposal from the white house which would allow illegal immigrants to obtain green cards in eight years, and also includes border patrol funding and an an ecease-fire -- everify system. the republicans say the president's bill would be dead on arrival, leaving us with a broken immigration system. on the sunday talk shows other republicans added their own criticism. >> by givinged advantage to thoe who cut in front of line for immigrants who came here legally, not dealing with border security adequately, that tells us he is looking for a partisan advantage. >> does the president want a result or want another way to boat up republicans. >> we the white house says it supports the current bipartisan effort on immigration reform. >> hope democrats and republicans don't get in the typical back and forth side show and instead get to work. >> president obama warned lawmakers if they could not agree they would hear from him. >> if congress is unable to move forward in a timely fashion, i will send up a bill based on my proposal. >> a bipartisan gro
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Feb 19, 2013 7:00am PST
, thank you. and he'll be taking an inside look at the battle for damascus and what it means for u.s. national security tonight on "world news" and "nightline." >>> meanwhile, back here at home, new details about a potential motive in the newtown, connecticut, school shooting. gunman adam lanza may have, in fact, been competing with another serial killer. "the hartford courant" newspaper reports authorities found news articleses in lan za's bedroom, about the killing spree in norway, carried out by anders brevik, who bombed buildings at a youth camp, killing 77 people. the investigation is still ongoing. any theory now is purely speculative. >>> and new information on what left the carnival cruise ship stranded in the gulf of mexico last week. forcing 4200 passengers and crew to live on the boot for nearly a week without power and plumbing. the coast guard now blames a leak in a pipeline that connects a fuel tank to one of the ship's engines. investigators say oil dripped on a hot surface and caught fire. >>> in business news. a potential megamerger. office max and office depot, are
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Feb 19, 2013 5:00pm PST
.c. but the network revealed it swril a bureau in san francisco and several other u.s. cities. the network paid $500 million to buy san francisco based current tv last year, then converted to it al jazeera america. the network will focus on international news. >> the scandal in europe over meat products tainted with horse meat continues to grow. >> michael finney has reports of yet another major company pulling the product off the shelves now. >> this is amazing. just keeps rolling out this, time, involvinger world's largest food and drink maker. the company based in switzerland issued a statement saying it's yanked beef pasta ready meals after tests found traces of horse meat in two products. nestle says it increased monitoring after reports of mislabeling officials in writin say more checks need to be put into place. >> nobody check what's is on the pal yet often enough or what is in production oftenmjwmn enough. >> nestle says it's -- despite the recall nestle says the products are safe to eat and none of the meat from europe is used in any products here in the united states. users of microsoft h
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Feb 20, 2013 11:00pm PST
the u.s. and china. abc7 news reporter alan wang has a preview. >> 8,000 tera cotta warriors have been unearthed, but this is the only general. >> i enjoyed looking at the faces. they are all different. >> tonight was the gala opening of the exhibit that coincides with the last public appearance before returning to china. he hopes the exhibit will strengthen u.s.-chinese relations and attract more american students to his country. >> how many people from the private sector are supporting these initiatives? >> only a few war yes, -- warriors are visiting the u.s. they were created by artists some 2,000 years ago after china's first emperor unified the seven waring states and requested a terra-cotta army for his afterlife. there are hundreds of archers, but only one with green paints on his face. historians believe he was a military specialist who could communicate with divine spirits. >> the other warriors are specialists that are for the future of the battle. >> if you went to china to see the actual dig, you would have to stand at least 30 feet away from these figures. >> here at this
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Feb 21, 2013 1:05am PST
between the u.s. and china. abc7 news reporter alan wang has a preview. >> 8,000 8,000 tera cotta warris have been unearthed, but this is the onlyis general. >> i enjoyed looking at the faces. they are all different. >> tonight was the gala opening of the exhibit that coincides with the last public appearance before returning to china. he hopes the exhibit will strengthen u.s.-chinese relations and attract more american students to his country. >> how many people from the private sector are supporting these initiatives? >> only a few war yes, -- warriors are visiting the u.s. they were created by artists some 2,000 years ago after china's first emperor unified the seven waring states and requested a army terra-cotta ary for his afterlife. there are hundreds of archers, but only one with green paints on his face. historians believe he was a military specialist who could communicate with divine spirits. >> the other warriors are specialists that are for the future of the battle. >> if you went to china to see the actual dig, you would have to stand at least 30 feet away from these figures.
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Feb 23, 2013 6:00pm PST
to representing team u.s.a. >> it's going to be fun. one of the cool things about it, guys on the same team during the year get to face each other hopefully, and it would be neat if we can get to the finals in san francisco, they get there, and be able to play in front of the fans and get play in front of all the time and get to face each other. it will be a good experience. >> mike: finals here at at&t park. a's in milwaukee. bottom first. ryan braun, he'll represent team u.s.a. homers in his first at-bat this spring. brewers up 1-0. weeks, trying to recapture a spot at second. nice start for the double play but the brewers win. >> let's tee it up at the world golf challenge. the tournament was delayed thursday due to snow. we pick it up with today's quarterfinals. picture perfect day on the course. ian poulter facing steve stricker, check out the putt. reads it perfectly. a little downhill and pours it in. wins the match 3 and 2. moves on to the semis on sunday to face hunter mahan. matt kuchar, defeated robert garrigus 3 and 2. he'll face jason bay who beat graeme mcdowell. semis and finals on
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Feb 28, 2013 12:35am PST
is be an acquaintance, not a stranger. >> every two minutes, somebody in the u.s. is sexually assaulted, and nearly half of survivors are under the age of 18. women in college years are at the highest risk for this crime. >> reporter: guilty or not, the allegation alone has been life-changing for the former starting quarterback. it's not only suspended johnson's promising football career, he led the grizzlies to an 11-3 season as a sophomore and threw six touchdowns in one game. but it's also impacted his family. >> it's very hard to deal with. not just me, but my family. i don't even remember what it's like to be normal. >> reporter: johnson is charged with sexual intercourse without consent, a felony with a maximum sentence of 100 years in prison. >> his testimony was absolutely crucial. but more to see if he slipped up. and the fact that he survived the cross-examination relatively unscathed is a big win for the defense in this case. >> reporter: the defense points to her conflicting text messages to support their argument. in one text to a friend, she wrote i don't think he did anything wrong. and i
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Feb 23, 2013 7:00am PST
, lance armstrong has a new opponent, the u.s. justice department. the feds have joined the fraud suit against the former cyclist hero, accusing him of ripping off the u.s. postal service for more than $30 million. this morning, they are suing him for more than three-times that. abc's neal karlinsky has the story. >> reporter: the u.s. department of justice says lance armstrong cheated the u.s. postal service out of millions. and it wants the money back. in today's economic climate, the u.s. postal service is simply not in a position to allow lance armstrong to walk away with tens of millions of dollars illegitimately procured. >> did you ever take banned substances to enhance your cycling performance? >> yes. >> reporter: what armstrong revealed to oprah began as a whistle-blower case. floyd landis filed this claim under seal, arguing he was a witness. armstrong and his associates cheated the postal service by lying about the team's drug use. landis broke his silence in an abc news exclusive in 2010. >> if i'm taking on lance armstrong, then that should be evidence enough there's a pr
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Feb 7, 2013 1:40am PST
and will now likely testify under oath and give full details of how he cheated for so long to the u.s. anti-doping agency. armstrong had been faced with a deadline to testify or lose his last chance at break on his lifetime ban from sports. in a just-released statement, usada wrote -- we have been in talks with mr. arm strorng and we understand that he does want to be part of the solution to clean up the sport of cycling. the sudden change comes on the heels of an abc news exclusive. our report that according to a high level source, agents are actively investigating armstrong or obstruction, witness tampering and intimidation, for allegedly threatening people who dared tell the truth about his cheating. a case reignited by his recent confession to oprah. >> i didn't invent the culture. >> mm-hmm. >> but i didn't try to stop the culture. >> reporter: if charges are ultimately filed, the consequences could be severe. >> these are serious potential crimes. you're talking about possible sentences, up to five, ten years. >> reporter: the pressures against armstrong are immense, and include civil
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Feb 2, 2013 4:00am PST
stories this morning. >> hi, there. >>> we begin with that terrorist attack on the u.s. embassy in turkey that left one security guard dead. washington is now warning americans to stay away from u.s. complexes in turkey. >> u.s. and turkish officials are coming through all of the evidence they can find to find out who was behind this. u.s. officials are actually sifting through some of the debris that explosion caused yesterday. now, this bomb could have been much more deadly and it wasn't because of new security. that glass is bulletproof and this gate protects the embassy all of the way around. the building itself is about 500 feet. they're back at work and the across town, there's a funeral for the security guard. >> okay, nick shif rin reporting. >>> wall street is within striking distance of its all-time high. the dow closed above 14,000 for the first time in five years. the benchmark is now just 155 points away from its record high close. >>> a convict was apprehended late last night without incident. he just walked out on wednesday after a local charge against him was dismissed. of
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Feb 5, 2013 4:00pm PST
. the state attorney general announced think the morning in washington. the u.s. department of justice and 15 other states filed lawsuits, all claiming that s and p inflated rating as signed to mort-backed securities. >> we're suing because inflated rates and ratings rile yaited our state unfair competition law and very posh importantly our state's false claims act under which losses are trebled. >> harris says california lost almost $1 billion because of the conduct. the department of justice wants the company to pay at least $5 billion in penaltis. >> president obama met to talk about immigration and a deal for wuchbt biggest players in the computer industry. >> that is right, hi, emily. >> good afternoon. a major deal in the tech world announced today ceo and founder and investors are taking the computer maker private in a deal worth $24 billion this, is the largest deal of its kind in the recession. disney reported earnings after the bell that beat estimates at interactive division registered a profit. sales up 5% with net income dropping. games from the inyachtive unit with higher profit
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Feb 7, 2013 5:30pm PST
what he's doing. >> reporter: but why now? dorner was honorably discharged from the u.s. navy reserves just last friday after ten years service, including a tour in the persian gulf. was that the trigger for this killing spree? or evidence of careful planning? >> i have more questions than i do have answers at this point. >> reporter: if dorner gets his apparent wish, if he is killed, we night never know the whole truth. nick watt, abc news, los angeles. >> and nick and david will be staying on this story throughout the night. >>> but we move next here to the great blizzard, gathering strength and poised to break bear down on millions of american families across the northeast. experts say it could be the worst snowstorm in a century. our extreme weather team is on the storm front and abc's meteorologist ginger zee is out where the storm is about to move in. ginger? >> reporter: diane, this may look like a mountain of snow, but it's not. this is 100,000 tons of salt that i'm standing on. i've got some right here in my hand. it is one of so many tools that millions of americans will use
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Feb 13, 2013 6:00pm PST
the money as taxable u.s. income. >> a lot of the money is not. it's a lot of times the company chooses u.s. investments and things like that. >> those are just some of the ways companies defer payments indefinitely. five company as kted for more than two thirds of the $225 billion in accumulated foreign earnings last year. top u.s. tax rate is 35% but a review of the last three years of financial records found that some silicon valley companies are paying lower global tax rates. apple reported $40.4 million -- billion in holdings overseas. ebay, $10 billion overseas, google, $24.8 billion reported. yahoo had $3.2 billion overseas. and cisco which reported $41.3 billion overseas had anmk;va effective tax rate of 14%. those that did said they're following the law. economists estimate the federal government loses $90 billion a year enough to fund california public schools and universities more than two years. or cover 206 days of military operations in afghanistan and iraq. this isn't the first time multi national companies have been the target of criticism for sheltering money oversea autos
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Feb 14, 2013 4:00am PST
says it recognizes the current realities of war. >>> another drug tunnel between the u.s. and mexico has been shut down. this one was discovered in southern arizona. police say the crude, hand-dug tunnel is about 68 feet long and approximately 2 feet wide. more than 1,200 pounds of pot was found inside. >>> with that, a look, now, at weather across the country on this valentine's day morning. south florida could see some thunderstorms. the rest of the east coast should be pretty pleasant. atlanta and new orleans dry out after four days of rain. and carnival. ski resorts in the northern rockies get another foot of snow. >> temperatures in the northeast are leaning more towards spring than winter. boston is in the mid-40s. warmer-than-usual in the southwest, with dallas close to 70. if you want a warm valentine's day, head on over to miami. it's 82 degrees. >> not a bad call. that's a sexy city. not a bad holiday. >>> well, they've been staying out of the spotlight for a week. but today, the winners of virginia's $217 million powerball jackpot are coming forward. >> the lucky ticket wa
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Feb 21, 2013 1:40am PST
relations between the u.s. and iran. >> the oscar-nominated movie "argo" has put a spotlight back on that crisis and on the secretive nation, as well. abc's david muir was invited to take a look inside iran. >> we have just landed. >> reporter: we landed in iran in a country where american journalists are rarely allowed to visit. and rarer still, we were given access to the people, the streets of tehran. above ground, a bustling city of 12 million. [ horn honking ] below ground, we discover a gleaming subway system, far quieter and cleaner than the subways of new york city. and there was something else very different. this says women only here. the back of the train reserved for women. beyond the trains, the traffic, everywhere you look there's something else on the move, the prices. skyrocketing inflation. their currency losing 80% of its value in just the last year. u.s.-led sanctions tying an economic noose around iran. >> i think it hurts the people. >> reporter: the iranian people. >> plus, i think, the normal people. >> reporter: the relationship between the u.s. and iran ne
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Feb 22, 2013 5:30pm PST
-- >> reporter: the u.s. team being announced. but at the door, one more delay for us. guards tell us our female producer can't go in. >> no women. no. >> reporter: but we keep asking and they finally allow her in. one of the only women in the entire arena. a handshake from one of the american coaches who recognizes us. on the mat, americans already competing in front of iran. the signs in the crowd side by side in english and farsi. "we are all wrestling fans." and in the corner -- jordan burroughs who trained in nebraska for the olympics, beating iran for the gold. and still when his name is called here -- >> from the united states of america -- >> reporter: the cheers are deafening. and just listen to them chanting his name. this american cheered on even here. and jordan wins again. a message with impeccable timing because soon after, an entrance. the iranian president waving to the crowd, watching iranian and americans here in tehran. >> how are you? >> reporter: and in the crowd, fans welcoming us to iran, so many of them surprised when we tell them we're from the american broadcasting comp
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Feb 23, 2013 11:00pm PST
in peru to facebook and twitter and keeping close phone contact with roommates. >> ama: the u.s. embassy in peru released a kidnapping warning for merges and is working with the local authorities to find the couple. a $3,000 reward has been off erred. >> a tri-city gun buyback was so popular many people were left hanging on to guns they no longer wanted. the event involved palo alto, east palo alto, and menlo park. police paid hundred for hand guns and 300 for assault weapons. one man collected $1,400. >> a duck hunter, and i've been hunting since i was ten years old. a lot of these rifles and shotguns, we department use -- you don't use rifles for duck hunts but i also deer hunt. i just decided don't want to collect guns anymore. >> in palo alto, the group, protect the children, which raised the money for the buyback, held an antigun rally. the pa $2,000 collected was gone in two and a half hours, leaving many people in line what wanted to sell their guns. >> san francisco fire crews are credited with stopping a house fire that raced through this house. one person was rescued from the s
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Feb 24, 2013 2:00am PST
contact with roommates. >> ama: the u.s. embassy in peru released a kidnapping warning for merges and is working with the local authorities to find the couple. a $3,000 reward has been off erred. >> a tri-city gun buyback was so popular many people were left hanging on to guns they no longer wanted. the event involved palo alto, east palo alto, and menlo park. police paid hundred for hand guns and 300 for assault weapons. one man collected $1,400. >> a duck hunter, and i've been hunting since i was ten years old. a lot of these and shotguns, we department use -- you don't use rifles for duck hunts but i also deer hunt. i just decided don't want to collect guns anymore. >> in palo alto, the group, protect the children, which raised the money for the buyback, held an antigun rally. the pa $2,000 collected was gong many people in line what wanted to sell their guns. >> san francisco fire crews are credited with stopping a house fire that raced through this house. one person was rescued from the second level of the home and was rushed to the hospital with serious injuries. the cause o
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Feb 24, 2013 8:00am PST
on u.s. targets, 140 targets. look at this is from the "new york times." its focus is on companies involved in the critical infrastructure of the united states. according to security researchers one target was a company with remote access to more than 60% of oil and gas pipelines in north america. serious threat over several years. it drew the attention of the former head of the cia. >> my father said quit whining, defend yourself after i had gotten into a fight. there are a lots of way we can make this relation less comfortable to them. if this is important, then you got to start taking some actions. >> congressman rogers, you say that this is a war we're losing? >> we are losing. 141 targets pales in comparison. that's probably every day. we get every single day by a series of attacks. everything from criminals trying to get into your bank account to steal your identity to nations. >> you believe that chinese -- the chinese government, the chinese military is behind this? >> beyond a shadow of a doubt. they use their military to steal intellectual property from american businesse
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Feb 22, 2013 6:00am PST
in early detection and treatment have helped reduce breast cancer mortality in the u.s. by 33% since 1990. help us continue serving the millions of women and men with breast cancer who still need us every day. register for the 3-day now. (woman) it's just been an amazing, amazing journey. i love these people. ♪ and it's beautiful >> 6:10 on friday. the winds are nonexistent compared to yesterday. we will talk temperatures. we are running around 34 in napa and 38 in concord and san jose, and 36 in los gatos and half moon bay, and 39 in hayward, and san carlos and everyone else low-to-mid 40's. throughout the afternoon hours, how about upper 50's at the coast, maybe a few mid-50's like half moon bay and low-to-mid 60's for the rest of us. headed into tomorrow we will have temperatures on the decline and i will show you that in a second and a chance for sprinkles. sue? >> back to san jose update on the accident, the capital expressway involving a bus car ran a red light, hit the bus, more damage to the car than the bus but one person is injured and taken to the hospital but the intersectio
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Feb 12, 2013 1:40am PST
mortality in the u.s. by 33% since 1990. help us continue serving the millions of women and men with breast cancer who still need us every day. register for the 3-day now. (woman) it's just been an amazing, amazing journey. i love these people. ♪ and it's beautiful >>> this morning on "world news now," breaking news. a defiant north korea launches another nuclear test. >> this bomb had more power than previous tests and could spark strong reaction from world leaders. it's tuesday, february 12th. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >>> and good tuesday morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. >> and i'm diana perez. this is the third nuclear test and is a slap in the face to countries who have been trying to prevent north korea from becoming a nuclear power. we'll go live to tokyo in a moment, but first some of the other stories we're following this morning. >>> our other top story. the future of the church after the pope's rare resignation. questions, reaction and a look at who might succeed him. >> this was something no one expected. there were some clues to suggest maybe he was think
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Feb 14, 2013 7:00am PST
that merger, american airlines and u.s. airways announces a massive merger to become the world's biggest airline. it will affect everyone who flies. >>> and we're going to have the latest on the bumpy ride for chuck hagel on capitol hill, as key senators delay the confirmation vote on his nomination of defense secretary. there's been some very heated hears on whether or not to approve him. >>> and jenny mccarthy now defending her cousin, comic melissa mccarthy, and the critic who savaged melissa on his review of "identity thief," speaks out. >> coming down on the worst kind of commentary. >> that's coming up. >>> let's get to that breaking news out of south africa. the double-amputee sprinter, oscar pistorius, who captured so many hearts at the london olympics has been charged with murdering his model girlfriend. she was shot four times with his gun in his home. and abc's lama hasan has the latest. good morning, lama. >> good morning to you, george. sporting legend oscar pistorius is making headlines for a very different reason this morning. he's been officially charged with the murder o
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Feb 28, 2013 1:40am PST
at abcnews.com. >>> well, the u.s. has reportedly embarked in its deepest involvement in syria since the start of the conflict. "the new york times" reports that the u.s. is training opposition rebels and today, secretary of state john kerry is expected to extend another helping hand. here's abc's martha raddatz. >> reporter: this would be the first time the u.s. has given aid to the military side of the opposition forces. i'm told it could be anything from communications gear, to medical supplies to body armor to armored vehicles. even if it's just communications gear or medical gear, which is more likely, that would be a significant shift for the u.s. and could be a big boost to opposition groups. it's expected that the new secretary of state john kerry will announce this in rome as part of his first overseas trip. there will be no weapons. syria is awash in weapons already. the u.s. has always been wary of giving weapons for fear they would end up in the wrong hands. the rebels we and others are dealing with have been vetted, but as we know, some of the other rebel groups are affi
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Feb 6, 2013 4:30am PST
with oprah. he was cleared of charges by the u.s. attorney in southern california last year. but the abc news story said no one is speaking for the justice department. >> four villages in the solomon islands were hit by a 5' tsunami and five people have been reported killed and 70 to 80 homes damaged. police say they expect the death toll to rise. officials say a pair of giant waves hit the western side of santa cruz island following 8.30 earthquake that struck underwater near the solomon islands. the warning was canceled for more distant coasts. >> now, the largest gathering of people in history is getting underway in india. tomorrow, a bay area man will join tens of millions of hindus for the experience of a lifetime . >> this man is a devout hindu and is flying to indian on thursday, for a religious festival that happens once every 12 years. this year, more than 100 million will descend on the area. they will take a dip in the ganges river. >> he is packing light. >> it it is worth any pain for the pilgrimage. >> it has grown dramatically since 2001, the last pilgrimage. >> 110 million to
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Feb 10, 2013 5:00pm PST
and treatment have helped reduce breast cancer mortality in the u.s. by 33% since 1990. help us continue serving the millions of women and men with breast cancer who still need us every day. register for the 3-day now. (woman) it's just been an amazing, amazing journey. i love these people. ♪ and it's beautiful >>> a new report commissioned by joe paterno's family contradicts findings of penn state's investigation into the sex abuse scandal involving retired assistant coach jerry sandusky. the family's review says paterno did not attempt to hide any information or impede the investigation. that's contrary to former fbi director's report last year for the school. penn state says the school's investigation was intended to fix shortcomings and make sure failures don't happen again. the family's report comes a day before pa term know's widow will speak out for the fir time about the scandal. you can watch the interview tomorrow on katie right here on abc7 at 3:00. >> valentine's day has a whole new meaning for a group of children in palo alto. they all received life-saving congenital heart surgery
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Feb 12, 2013 4:00am PST
enough to be mounted on top of a long-range missile that is capable of reaching the u.s. it comes two weeks after they conducted a missile test in direct defiance of u.n. security council resolutions. >> the u.n. security council is holding an emergency meeting to address the issue. even china, north korea's long-time ally, has expressed firm opposition to the nuclear tests. we'll have more on this breaking story later on on "gma." >>> we turn to a change of the top of the catholic church. pope benedict made the bombshell announcement he is stepping down. >> at age 85, the pope says he cannot keep up with the job. nick schifrin joins us from rome with more. good morning, nick. >> reporter: good morning, rob. good morning, diana. pope benedict is a shy leader. but he's unpredictable, unprecedented. and it might just guarantee his legacy. at 85, he is silver-haired and cerebral and says he simply can't keep up. pope benedict xvi tells his cardinals in latin, quote, i had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me. in the last year, benedict grew in
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Feb 14, 2013 5:00pm PST
the merger between american airline lines and u.s. airways will affect if, if you're traveling. >> it's a mixed bag is what it comes down to. consumers lakely to see changes your option likely to be reduced and with decreased competition will comea/0r highr fairs for all passengers of all airlines. lots of good things for those who earn frequent flyer miles. this is travel and life style editor. >> you're not going to lose your miles or any elitexl!g stas you've earned. the programs will merge. >> the new american air lynns will be part of the one world alliance. u.s. airways will be leaving the star alliance. a report shows housing market making a come back a big come back prices rose in january. home sales also increase add cross state. northern california saw a biggest jump since housing crisis began six years ago. let me show you how this breaks down. about 5,000 homes sold in january. that is up 3%. state wide, 29,000 homes were sold. up 2.7%. compared to last year. home prices also shot up in january in bay area median home price was $415,000 get this, up 27% compared to last y
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Feb 21, 2013 12:35am PST
turkey in the north. a nightmare scenario for the u.s. for syrian civilians the nightmare is here. jihadist fighters funded by u.s. allies, saudi arabia and other persian gulf states are warming into this country. threatening to turn the conflict into a holy war. and syria an incredibly diverse nation of muslims, christians, kurds and many more could totally disintegrate. we met the grand leader of syria today, and staunch ally of assad. he blames his country's suffering on american support for the rebels. the americans, he tell me, live up to your values. in some way the values of the people of damascus aren't that different. they enjoy good food as we did with new friend at lunch downtown. the commuters fight rush hour traffic to get home to their families. look at this place. the merchants hustle to make a buck or a syrian pound. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> reporter: in the 1,200-year-old mosque one of the grandest in the word, the people come to find the peace and truth of prayer. they have so much to lose here. this is an existential fight for the people of damascus. for t
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